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2016-03-29 11:04

HEADED FOR SA: Nissan unveiled its new SA-bound GT-R at the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March. Image: Motopress

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Cape Town - It’s one of the fastest, most impressive productions cars and during the second half of 2016, the Nissan GT-R, is set to become even better.

More importantly, the improved GT-R is will arrive in South Africa later in 2016.

Visual tweaks

The supercar receives a makeover in the form of exterior and interior style tweaks yet it remains instantly recognisable as a GT-R.

Nissan’s V-motion grille is now incorporated into the front of the car and has been enlarged to, the automaker says, improve engine cooling. The bonnet has also been altered to improve stability during high-speed driving.

Image gallery: 2016 Nissan GT-R

The new front lip and bumpers not only enhances its assertive design but generates high levels of downforce.

At the rear the Nissan GT-R retains its trademark quad exhausts but subtle changes are said to channel the air better than the outgoing version. The upgraded GT-R is more aerodynamic than before, with less drag compared to the outgoing model.

New 20" alloys, with a 'Y-spoke aluminium rim, finishes off what looks to be a very attractive package.

Upmarket GT-R

The quality of the Nissan GT-R’s cabin has been enhanced, with the Japanese automaker giving its supercar a more "more premium" design. The dashboard and instrument panel are entirely new and sport stitched leather. The instrument cluster and centre console has been redesigned to be more driver-orientated.

The old Nissan GT-R had a dashboard reminiscent of a gaming console but the 2016 version is simpler and easier to understand. Part of the improvement is the reductions of buttons - from 27 to 11. It gains a new 8" touchscreen.

SPRUCED INTERIOR: The updated GT-R has a simpler interior with fewer buttons than its predecessor. Image: Motopress

Power

The 2016 GT-R is powered by Nissan’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine capable of 421kW/630Nm. As with its predecessor, each GT-R sports an engine that is handcrafted by a its own technician.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise. Paddle shifts have been mounted to the steering wheel.

The automaker says the sound quality of the new car will be even better thanks to titanium mufflers and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE).

According to Nissan: "The new GT-R exhibits a smoother ride quality than the outgoing model, and its cabin remains much quieter at all speeds and new sound absorption materials."


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